Numbers Game: What the New York Yankees and "Lost" Have in Common

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Numbers Game: What the New York Yankees and

The connection between the New York Yankees and ABC's hit television show Lost lies within the recurring numbers that are some sort a theme within the show. 

These numbers are seen as the code that needs to be entered into a computer every 108 minutes inside the Swan base on the island or else the earth is destroyed. 

The numbers are 4-8-15-16-23-42.

These numbers also reflect different retired Yankee players’ jersey numbers. 

The number four represents Lou Gehrig's jersey number. 

The eight represents Bill Dickey's jersey number. 

Fifteen represents Thurman Munsons. 

Number 16 represents Whitey Ford's jersey. 

The number 23 represents Don Mattingly's jersey number. 

And the number 42 represents Jackie Robinson's jersey number. 

As you know Gehrig, Dickey, Munson, Ford, and Mattingly were all Yankees except Robinson.  Robinson's number is a retired jersey number for the Yankees and every other Major League Baseball team. 

On April 15, 1997, Jackie Robinson's No. 42 was retired by the MLB.  Thus, no future player on any major league team could wear it.

Players wearing No. 42 at the time of this, some of whom said they did so as a tribute to Robinson, were allowed to continue wearing it. The last player currently wearing the number is New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera.

It’s a kind of weird how six of the 17 retired Yankees jerseys just happen to be 4, 8, 15, 16, 23, and 42. 

Somehow, TV and sports came together to make these unusual and strange coincidences. 

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